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Bhatrihari Wisdom - 11: The Power of Time

Everything is bound by the most powerful - TIME

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The most powerful capital of the world, the great ruler, the group of chieftains in the various provinces, the learned ones in the sabha, the congregation, the groups of proud princes, the praising followers and the going on in the assemblage are limited to be seen are praised. All the is the power of Time. For that reason, salutations to Time. (41)

Loka, the world is a stage, the destroyer and the creator all players in this game of dice. Day and night the players go on paying with the dice. The winning goes to one and the loss to another. The house where many alive may be empty. This means that the dwellers would be alive and at another they may all be dead. This is the doing of Time. (42)

The sun rises and sinks and in the same way men may come and men my go. They would be floating doing their jobs. Some are born, some die, some grow old, decrepit and some would be facing tribulations. The living sees these but nothing matters. Ajnaana, lack of knowingness, is like the one drunk. He does not know what he might have seen. This is the power of Time. (43)

The night gone would come again. The day gone would come again. Knowing this peole go out for some work and go on running as if there no other day. They go on doing the work. Owing to samsara they are deceived never getting wise. (44)

We would not think of God and spend time in praying to Eshwar. We do nothing for the gates of heaven for us. We could surely destroy the youth of our mothers but could not achieve anything. Hereafter it is better to think of the way to moksha ultimate liberation. (45)

I could learn the art of defeating other side in argument. In the battle I could the elephant’s head. II could learn the art of defeating others in argument. In the battle I could slay the elephant’s head but could not get full satisfaction of kissing my fair lady’s lips. All my youth has gone to nothing like a lamp in a ruined house. (46)

I could not learn anything without a stain. I could not earn money, did not serve my parents with pure manas; could not even in dreams get the deep joy of copulation. Like a crow flying round the pinda, the cooked rice ball offered to the departed one. The idea is that nothing is achieved. (47)

Our parents had gone away long ago. We were brought up by beloved relatives and they too departed. Now this tree is getting near to the drying stream and would fall down any day. (48)

For humans the lifespan is a hundred years. Of the fifty goes to slumber. Of the remaining twenty-five childhood and youth and then old age takes away the other twenty-five with disease, separation and grief. All this being so this life is a leaf in unstable water. How then would the living have saukhya, comfort? (49)

In samsara, a false play on this, stage, the world, man is an actor, would spend time as a boy, sometime for sex-play, some time in poverty or riches, both not living an at last to decrepit old age. (50)

This is the end of the description of TIME, kaala mahima in the fifth shataka.

Yati - Nrupati Dialogue

One, who by good fortune recognizing that Time is dangerous, becomes yayaati, a sage and seer considering that life is only a straw an and not showing respect to kingship has a discussion with the royalty. To illustrate the feeling of the sage is useful to the king, our poet-analyst-philosopher brought up this dialogue.

Raja! You are the king, lord. We are great by worth of what we earnt from our preceptors, gurus. With knowledge and understanding poets are making us famous in all the four directions. This way there is not much difference between you and me. If you don’t respect us how can we seek your support or help? (51)

Raja! You have wealth and power. We have knowledge of all sciences and theories. You are physically strong and powerful. We are competent to argue and convince. Those who desire wealth serve you and those who seek knowledge to get purity make us their preceptors. You have respect for us and right from the beginning we have no respect for you. So, I am going away. (52)

Wearing silken clothing you feel proud and satisfied. Wearing the tree bark clothing we are satisfied. In this satisfaction there is no difference between us. The one who falls prey to greed would become extremely poor. But when the manas is content what id wealth or poverty. Such a contented person with a rich heart would not fall prey to either poverty or riches. (53)

Fruits to eat, water to drink and for raiment fibrous bark, ground to sleep on – are sufficient for us. Drunkards are intoxicated by wealth and take to servitude.. We don’t think of being subservient. (54)

We are happy with bhikshanna, boiled rice given in charity. We stay naked and sleep under a tree in the ground. What have to do with riches! (55)

We are not actors, players on the stage, not singers and not people to argue impolitely. Why should we see the king who is swaying intoxicated? We are not suitable to have the king’s audience. (56)

At the beginning very sober and skilled prajapatis like Daksha ruled this world. Later men like Manu sustained people lawfully. Later, heroic men like Parashurama defeated kings and gave away land to people. Men like Bali chakravarti have been ruling the world. While that was so, why madness for some who rule a few villages! At the beginning Raja Harishchandra and his ilk established order in the world. Sages like Yayaati ruled. Bali and others gave way large stretches of land as donation. The courageous being competent were ruling the fourteen Lokas. They are not ill tempered. Those are great as well as loving. Why these kings having merely a few villages have the fever of madness, we are surprised! (57)

This land has been held by many. How much respect should these rulers would have now! Why these kings nowadays are proud, rapacious and stupid! What is this idiocy! (58)

Is not this land a mere lump of mud around the boundless seas! What after all is this world in the creation! Fighting battles, the kings have divided land into smithereens and enjoyed little bits and enjoyed the fruits of kingship. These are the meanest of the mean. It is silly that the stupid men beg the kings for money. How detestable are their lives! (59)

The life of the man whose skull has been taken by the supreme lord, Parama Shiva as his bowl is the most fortunate one. It is surprising that these kings think proudly as the most elevated ones! (60)

This is the description of  Yati-Nrupati samvaada in vairagya shataka. 

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